Anna Held

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Anna Held is a writer with essays published or forthcoming in Electric Literature, The Cut, The Rumpus, and BuzzFeed, among others. She can be found on Twitter at @ajshults or at


Cover Photo: Photographs courtesy of the author
Finding Peace at the Most Beautiful Taco Bell in the World

I need the ocean to quiet my thoughts, the surfers to remind me I’m a person, the Taco Bell as a place where I become solid again.

Jan 13, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Anna Shults Held
Giving My Plants—And Myself—Just Enough Care

The Lexapro were small and white; the generic was free under my insurance. More expensive were the plants.

Nov 15, 2021
Cover Photo: This illustration by Ramón y Cajal is of the nervous system in the brain. As Anna describes in this essay, the black and white line radiating outward look like the roots of the tree, or a system of rivers, viewed from above.
Finding God in Science

The grounding I felt in organized religion was substantial: the loss, acutely painful. I found temporary relief in all the ways nature found me wherever I lived.

Apr 21, 2020